DETAILS: Czech Pubs

Sunday, July 6, 2008

PRAGUE PUB HOP: Budvarka (Wuchterlova 366/22; entrees from $6) is one of seven "official" restaurants operated in part by the (Czech) Budweiser brewery. Deminka (Skretova 1; entrees from $8) serves fresh Pilsner Urquell and above-average pub grub near Wenceslas Square. The newest Potrefena Husa (Platnerska 88/9; entrees from $8) is wedged on a side street between Old Town Square and the river. U Bulovky (Bulovka 17; entrees from $8) serves arguably the best brew plus creative Czech cuisine in an out-of-the-center location. Take the Metro to the Palmovka station, then change to Tram 24 to the Bulovka stop.

TIPS: When eating goulash, Czech diners use the bread dumplings as sponges to mop up the gravy. If you've done it correctly, your plate should be practically clean by the time you're done. Most Czech pubs generally serve one brand of beer, but they usually offer a pale (svetle) and a dark (tmave). By ordering "jedno pivo, prosim" (one beer, please), you'll automatically receive the pale beer. If garlic soup is on the menu, order it. Always ask for the check by saying "Zaplatim, prosim," literally "I will pay, please."

INFORMATION: Czech Tourist Authority, 212-288-0830,

-- D.F.

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